A multi-faceted, fermentation-focused festival returns to Encinitas on February 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Info & Tix)
Organizer Austin Durant, who’s run San Diego’s Fermenters Club since 2011, was busy with last-minute details during a conversation with SDBT.
“I’m looking forward to helping educate attendees on how fermentation relates to tons of everyday stuff,” said Durant, pointing out that even coffee often undergoes the process before reaching consumers.
Below is a breakdown of what to expect this Sunday for the San Diego Fermentation Festival:
- Presentations on cheesemaking, the fermentation of beverages such as kombucha, cider, mead & coffee, plus a keynote discussion featuring new data in microbiome research.
- (21+) The SDBT Ambrosia Garden ($45 presale/$50 at the door) features San Diegans Boochcraft, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, Cutwater Spirits, Golden Coast Mead, Home Brewing Co., Lost Cause Meadery, Misadventure & Co., Raging Cider & Mead Co., and the San Diego County Vintners Association. 101 Cider from the Thousand Oaks area also joins the party.
- A “Makers Marketplace” with more than 25 vendors offering free samples and/or selling goods/services. Local beverage producers will include Cafe Virtuoso, Cultured Provisions, Edible Alchemy, Fully Loaded Micro Juicery, Good Stuff Tonics, Kombucha Culture, and Living Tea Kombucha.
- A “starter swap” hosted by Fermentation on Wheels, an educational, traveling bus hub for all things cultured. Experienced fermenters are encouraged to bring their starters to swap with each other.
- Hands-on pickling stations.
- A “Wellness Pavilion” with yoga, reiki, sound healing, acupuncture.
- Kids’ activities including a Coastal Roots farm tour with focuses on composting and pickling. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult ticket.
- Live music on two stages.
- Vegetarian food court.